‘Assassin’s Creed,’ Jed Kurzel

Based on the insanely popular Ubisoft videogame (more than 80 million units sold since 2007), the 20th Century Fox release expands on the mythology of the Templar Order that is the crux of the series’ mythology. Two-time Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender plays modern-day assassin Callum Lynch, created for the film, as well as his  descendant, Aguilar de Nerh, of […]

‘La La Land,’ Justin Hurwitz

Composer Justin Hurwitz created the music for La La Land, which stars Ryan Gosling as a pianist who falls for actress Emma Stone. Needless to say, Gosling spends quite a bit of screen time tinkling the ivories. “I practiced some of those piano pieces four hours a day for three months,” he shares, in the clip below.  Stone […]

‘Silence’ Trailer, Confidential Music

The trailer for Martin Scorsese’s much-anticipated holiday release Silence features music by John Hanson of the Santa Monica-based Confidential Music. company that had such break-out success with the early trailer for Suicide Squad (cutting a tune that actually made it onto the soundtrack).  The Paramount film, which had its world premiere in Vatican City in November, starts […]

Psych 101: Hating Nickelback

Psych 101: Hating Nickelback

Even the BBC is weighing in on a Finnish research study tracing animus Nickelus, the root psychological cause of why people love hating the Canadian rock group Nickelback, which has sold more than 50 million albums. If that’s hate, I’m sure more bands would love to be on the receiving end of some of it! […]

‘Jackie’ score by Mica Levy

Twenty-nine-year-old British composer and musician Mica Levy has become an awards season contender with her beguiling score for Fox Searchlight’s Jackie, which stars Natalie Portman as the former First Lady in the emotional aftermath of her husband’s assassination. An NPR feature quotes Levy talking about how her music “elevates the surreal element, because music creates a […]

Austrians Say Music Makes Kids Smarter

Austrians Say Music Makes Kids Smarter

German neuroscientist Manfred Spitzer has released a new study indicating  “listening to sweet melodies” at an early age “is important for a child’s emotional and mental development and improves their intelligence, self-discipline and self-control.” The study, commissioned by Upper Austria governor Josef Puehringer to investigate the effects of music on 57,000 music students, was first reported in […]

Fiona Apple Roasts Trump’s Chestnuts

Fiona Apple Roasts Trump’s Chestnuts

Chanteuse Fiona Apple is ushering in a cool Yule with a fresh take on “The Christmas Song,” the holiday classic penned by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé in 1945. Apple’s version wistfully imagines “Trump’s nuts roasting on an open fire.” Sound cozy? Wait till you get to the part about “Mothers of color with their kids out of […]

‘Suicide Squad’ Leads Grammys in Visual Media

‘Suicide Squad’ Leads Grammys in Visual Media

The Warner Bros. summer blockbuster Suicide Squad is killin’ it at the Grammys, with five nominations, the most of any visual media project. Music supervisors Gabe Hilfer and Season Kent were the tune team behind the Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media nomination for Suicide Squad (Collector’s Edition). In addition, the song “Heathens” received three nominations: one […]

‘Frozen’ Gets Dec. 11 ABC Premiere

The broadcast premiere of Walt Disneys’ musical Frozen takes place Dec. 11 on ABC. The most successful children’s film in history and the top animated film of all time, with $1.27 billion in global box office earnings, Frozen became a cultural phenomenon upon release in 2014. Business Insider called it “a cosmic tuning fork” and cited as […]

‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Tunes Up for Season 3

‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Tunes Up for Season 3

The Amazon series “Mozart in the Jungle” launched season 3 with some ensemble music and a speech by star Gael García Bernal at Los Angeles’ The Grove outdoor shopping mall on Dec. 1. The show, which scored Bernal Best Actor Golden Globe as well as nabbing Best Television Series Music or Comedy trophy this year, is a backstage look […]

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